WEATHER-RELATED EMERGENCIES? Here's how to protect your propane system if the weather turns bad. Before, during, or after severe weather, you may need to take specific action to ensure the continued safe operation of your propane system.
WATER CAN DAMAGE YOUR PROPANE SYSTEM. If flooding is predicted for your area, turn off the gas valve at the cylinder or tank BEFORE the water rises. Do not turn the gas back on until the gas system and all appliances have been checked by a qualified service technician. AFTER A FLOOD, contact a qualified service technician to check your propane system and appliances. A qualified service technician will likely have to do some or all of the following: Replace the regulator and/or pressure relief valves if there are signs of water, dirt, debris, or corrosion. Replace the automatic controls and appliance regulators on any gas appliances that have been under water. Inspect and replace manual shut-off valves and have a leak test performed by Taylor Gas Company to be sure no damages were inflicted on the system. Clean appliance mains and pilot burners and replace pilot orifices.
CLEAR THE SNOW. You should clear heavy snow and ice from regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Failure to do so can cause damage that could result in a gas leak. Appliance vents, chimneys, and flues also must be kept clear of snow and ice so appliances can vent properly. This is especially critical on the roofs of mobile homes. Clear snow carefully. Use a broom rather than a shovel to avoid damaging any components. Also, clear the walkway and tank area so that Taylor Gas Company personnel have ready access to your tank.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE? Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and toxic gas. Smoking a cigarette; idling a gasoline engine; and burning fuel oil, wood, kerosene, natural gas, and propane all produce CO. High levels of CO can be produced when fuels are burned incompletely.
CO CAN BE DEADLY! High levels of CO can make you dizzy, give you headaches, or cause flu-like symptoms (see the list below). In extreme cases, high levels of or extended exposure to CO can result in brain damage or death. Young children; the elderly; people with heart disease; and those under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication are particularly susceptible to CO poisoning.
SIGNS OF IMPROPER APPLIANCE OPERATION THAT CAN GENERATE HIGH CO LEVELS: Sooting, especially on appliances and vents increase moisture inside of windows.
IF YOU SUSPECT CO IS PRESENT, ACT IMMEDIATELY! If you or a family member shows physical symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the building and call 911 or your local fire department. If it is safe to do so, open windows to allow entry of fresh air, and turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing the CO. If no one has physical symptoms of CO poisoning, but you suspect that CO is present, contact a qualified service technician to check CO levels and your propane equipment.
Safe Grilling Tips
CORRECT GRILL USE When lighting a grill, keep the top open. Before connecting the cylinder to a propane gas grill burner for the first time, use a leak-detection solution (a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap) to check connections for tightness. Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks. Do not allow children to tamper with the cylinder or grill. Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder. When a grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep clean. Always follow grill manufacturers instructions and keep written materials accessible. Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill. When finished grilling, turn off the burner controls and close the cylinder valve.
PROPER CYLINDER HANDLING When the cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks. After filling or exchanging, take the cylinder home immediately. Keep the vehicle ventilated and the cylinder valve closed and capped. Always use or store cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position. Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).